What offices are elected in a Calgary Municipal & School Election?
In the upcoming election you will receive three ballots: for Mayor; your ward’s Councillor; and School Trustee (either public or separate). You many only vote for one School Trustee. You will be asked to verify or choose your votefor a Public or Separate School Trustee when you arrive at your assigned voting station.
The office of Mayor is elected at-large. This means that every eligible elector gets to vote for that office regardless of where they live in the city, as the mayor is expected to represent the interests of the city as a whole.
The names that appear on your ballot for Councillor are determined by which ward you reside in on election day, as councillors are expected to represent the views of their ward constituents as well as the city as a whole. You can view a map of ward boundaries at www.calgary.ca/election.
The names that appear on your ballot for School Trustee are determined by which ward you reside in on election day, as School Trustees are expected to represent the views of their ward constituents as well as the city as a whole. You can view a map of ward boundaries at www.calgary.ca/election. Public school districts are two combined city wards; there are seven school districts that may have candidates running for office. Separate school districts also have seven combined city wards, but the separate school boundaries extend past city boundaries.
What if I don’t want to vote for a particular office?
You may choose to decline a ballot for any office that you don’t wish to vote for. This does not affect your ability to vote for any other office in the election.
What if there is only one name on the ballot?
You will never see only one name on a ballot. If there is no one running against a candidate, that person will be elected by acclamation, which means that no other candidate has come forward. If, on Nomination Day, only one individual has submitted nomination papers for an office, the Returning Officer would, at the close of the nomination period, declare the person acclaimed and declare the person elected. No election for that particular office would be held. All current sitting representatives must file nomination papers on the same day as any other individual interested in running for office.